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Old 08-15-2005, 07:04 AM   #11
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I'm so glad I started this, and will bump it to keep it going, since the problem is getting bigger for most Americans. Hubby has been so successful that he's lost 25 lbs, hasn't had to change his diet much (just pay attention to portion control and eat more fruit, eat more often) (as I said before, I already was a healthy cook). His doc/dietician (two people working with him on it, plus ME) have him down to testing every few days because his numbers have been so good, so consistently. AND -- here is the best part -- I, his doc, his dietician --- have all stressed some exercise every day, and he's followed through. Winter is going to be a bear though. He's thinking exercise bike, and raisins (he's been eating melon and cherries, but what about when fresh fruit season ends?). When he was flat on his back in a hospital bed (bee stings, not diabetes) I had a discussion with the doctor, and he was rather surprised. He thought that because we were overweight we ate poorly. Why do people think that if you're overweight you have emotional issues or eat bad food? Even great food and a good attitude can make you fat!!!!!! I have to laugh. Our doctor raises cattle. He assumed Jer eats a lot of meat. We both started laughing. I AM the beef eater in the family, and then it's maybe once every couple of weeks. Hubby is happy to have a petite filet mignion once or twice a year, and a burger (preferably made by me) once a year, and a rib dinner, again, made by me, once a year. So I guess for him, red meat is maybe a monthly thing. Doctors are the worst when it comes to jumping to conclusions.
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Old 08-15-2005, 11:03 PM   #12
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Do you have to be a member of Costco to buy online from them?
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Old 08-15-2005, 11:20 PM   #13
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I am amazed almost daily to see so many thin people with diabetes. I really can't figure out what is happening. My dh is thin and must watch his blood sugar. We have several family members both thin and not so thin who have the problem. It seems to be almost epidemic.
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Old 08-16-2005, 12:22 AM   #14
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I am amazed almost daily to see so many thin people with diabetes. I really can't figure out what is happening. My dh is thin and must watch his blood sugar. We have several family members both thin and not so thin who have the problem. It seems to be almost epidemic.
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I think, that people expect diabetics to be obese, diabetes is hereditary in most cases..For people with type two diabestes most of them are what is called insulin resistant..They make insulin, but their cells either don't recognize it or refuse to use it, there are meds that can be taken that help the cells accept the persons own insulin. People who have to take insulin injections have weight gain, it's something that you can count on and the fight to keep off that weight is really a battle. Diabetes is becoming epidemic, and if it runs in a family, exercise, testing, frequent fasting blood glucose tests at a lab, should be done. Testng,at least 4 times a day, an every 3 month HBA1c are important, these really are critical to control of diabetes, also an at least once a day check of the blood pressure is so vital, diabeteics have a high rate of renal failure and I feel that blood pressure should be one of the first things to watch..Sorry to have said so much, but, I feel we need to do and know more about this disease that affects so many of us.
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Old 08-16-2005, 01:41 AM   #15
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Both my parents are diabetic, my mum is slightly overweight, my dad is a rake! My dad makes me laugh, since being diagnosed with diabetes his one concession is to grill his bacon for his full English breakfast rather than fry it!!! He still drinks a bottle of brandy a day, and what is really frustrating is that the more he drinks the lower his blood sugar gets. That's only because after years of alcohol abuse, his liver and pancreas know what they have to do to keep the old boy ticking over. He drives me and my mum to distraction!!! But he'll be eighty this year, so he must be doing something right.

My mum worries me, she has it in her head that once she is at goal weight, she won't be diabetic anymore. She is only 20 pounds or so above what she should be (in fact it's probably more like 10 pounds) Unlike my sweet self, who has lost 50 pounds and still has 8- or 90 to go sheesh!!!
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Old 08-16-2005, 03:23 AM   #16
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I'm diabetic and not in the least overweight... Doesn't seem fair somehow.

BUT, when I was pregnant with my first child, I was told that I would probably be diabetic by 50. I was 48 when it was diagnosed and at first they tried to control it with diet, but that was unsuccessful. I've been on oral medication for nearly 2 years now and the doctor ummmed and ahhhed about whether or not to put me on the medication, as my readings weren't too bad - it was simply as a last resort when infected bites on my ankles refused to heal - two were ulcerated and took 8.5 MONTHS to heal!
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Old 08-16-2005, 09:28 AM   #17
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Yes, I believe you do, however, the test is available at many other drugstores across the country and also online:

http://www.drugstore.com/qxp95089_33..._home_test.htm
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I'm diabetic and not in the least overweight... Doesn't seem fair somehow.

BUT, when I was pregnant with my first child, I was told that I would probably be diabetic by 50. I was 48 when it was diagnosed and at first they tried to control it with diet, but that was unsuccessful. I've been on oral medication for nearly 2 years now and the doctor ummmed and ahhhed about whether or not to put me on the medication, as my readings weren't too bad - it was simply as a last resort when infected bites on my ankles refused to heal - two were ulcerated and took 8.5 MONTHS to heal!
Ishbel, we have something else in common beside a love of good food..I'm diabetic as well, Mine we now know was gestational, but, back then, they asked anyone in your family disabetic, if you said no, like me, they assumed you would not be..I was diagnosed in my early fortyies and use oral meds...I'm not heavey but I do have to be careful as I'm only five foot one and at the time I was diagnosed was about 10 lb. over weight..Now, I'm fine maybe to thin, but, I fell comfortable, so I stay as I am..I so far have been ok, nothing with the feet or eyes, kidneys, yes renal failure, but holding..That is why I'm so adamant about blood pressure, and testing..once something goes wrong, you cannot get back what you've lost..And then the work to keep control gets much harder.It's hard to believe that doctors can wait so long to do something to help you heal..But, I know they do drag their feet unless you ride them.. That is why I made it my business to get and read everything I could on diabetes and then get an endo and pick her brain for info..Sometime we have to do much of the work, but, better that than, waiting for someone to do something. Well, I've rattled on enough Ishbel, take care..I'm glad your under control now and doing well..
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Old 08-16-2005, 09:18 PM   #19
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Yes, I believe you do, however, the test is available at many other drugstores across the country and also online:

http://www.drugstore.com/qxp95089_33..._home_test.htm
Thanks for the info.
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Old 08-18-2005, 04:51 PM   #20
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One thing we all have to remember is this: Once upon a time, people died of some weird thing called "old age". No one ever dies of "old age" any more. When I was a kid (I'm 50), if you were over 65 and died, you'd died of old age. Now we diagnose things very young (hades, we even diagnose pregnancy within 48 hours of conception!), and I've heard such statements like this: ...died of heart disease ...died of diabetes ..died of cancer -- on people who are well over 80 years old. Even heard that he shouldn't have smoked about someone who died in his late 90s.

The point being is that it is one thing to say there are more people who have diabetes than ever, but in reality, it really wasn't that long ago that we simply didn't know what people died of sometimes. When I was a kid, I had a cousin with type 1. We knew that. But when people over 50 got sick, it often went undiagnosed. It wasn't always assumed that we could do something about getting old, it was believed that you got old and died.

And even hubby's doctor has admitted that the numbers for everything are getting lowered and lowered. I'm not good at numbers, but he admits that I have cholesterol numbers that would have at one time been considered acceptable since I have no other risk factors (explain THAT one to my insurance), and hubby wouldn't have been considered diabetic. I'm welcoming the chance to stay healthier, and doing what I can without making our lifestyle one of misery and deprivation.

One thing that is frustrating is that ... how much of this is for public health, and how much is financed by the drug industry?
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